On May 11, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee, Robert Lighthizer as the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Mr. Lighthizer required a waiver from a law which prohibited individuals from being the USTR if they had previously represented foreign governments in disputes against the United States. Mr. Lighthizer has served as a trade attorney in private practice for many years and represented two foreign governments many years ago. Before that, he was a deputy USTR prior to 1985. He had broad support from Republicans and most Democrats and was approved in an 82-14 vote. A few Republicans voted against his confirmation (and some expressed concern) over his position on NAFTA. Sens. McCain and Sasse said they were not convinced Mr. Lighthizer understands the “positive economic benefits” of NAFTA.